Health Indicator Report of Utah Population Characteristics: Education Level in the Population
Education level is strongly related to health status. It is too simplistic to say that more education causes better health; however, higher levels of education often result in higher family income, greater self-determination and understanding of health and illness factors, improved mental health, and a higher level of social and family support. All of those factors can result in better health.
Notes2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates Table S1501
- U.S. Bureau of the Census
- American Community Survey
DefinitionEducational attainment among adults. Education level categories include: less than high school; high school graduate or G.E.D.; some college; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; and advanced degree.
NumeratorNumber of persons in the educational attainment category and population age group.
DenominatorNumber of persons in the population age group.
Healthy People Objective: Increase the proportion of the population that completes high school educationU.S. Target: 97.9 percent
How Are We Doing?Among Utah adults aged 25 and over in 2017, 92.1% were high school graduates or higher and 34.6% had a bachelor's or advanced degree.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?Education levels in the U.S. have also improved markedly, although Utahns on average still tend to have more years of schooling than their American counterparts. In 2017, 12.0% of U.S. residents aged 25 and over had not completed high school, while only 7.8% of Utahns in the same age group had not completed high school.
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